Touring - Brooks B-67 Squeaking
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03-30-06, 03:44 PM
I have a Brooks 67 saddle (single rail, sprung) that is very, very comfortable, and has about 700 miles on it. It now has a squeak and its driving me nuts. It is on a old style clamp type seatpost. I think its the saddle because if I get up out of the saddle there is no squeak, however it could possibly be the saddle clamp. I had loosened the tension about half a turn during break in. I tightened it a little before my lunch time ride today but it made no difference.
Should I change the seat post to a newer microadjust type?? Is there any fix for this?
The saddle fits my 53 year old rump pretty good but I'm wondering if perhaps now I'm riding enough that I should go to a B-17? Any thoughts?
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I own bikes with both the B-67 and the B-17, and I like the sprung better. My B-67 also has a squeak, not one that makes me crazy, but I notice it. On the ibob list, this has been hit on but I don't know if there was a single fix. Changing the seat post out might work. Rivendell sells a two bolt seat post model http://www.rivbike.com/webalog/saddles_accessories/ that may offer a tighter grip, but my money is on the springs making noise and I don't think there's anything that's going to change it.
03-30-06, 06:35 PM
It could be the pivot point at the front of the saddle. Try spraying some triflow or other lube up there and see if it goes away. You could also try lightly greasing the saddle rails where they clamp ot the seatpost. Sometimes that is the source.
03-30-06, 08:16 PM
Injecting grease into any of the saddles metal to metal contact points might provide some remedy....i think the squeaks in my B-66, Flyer or Conquest, all emanate from the bolts-to-spring fixtures at the back of the saddle. take your mini grease gun and try to get some thick stuff in there. set in into the sun to get grease creep into the fittings.
my only additional bit of advice, unbolting the springs and installing leather bushings between the mating surfaces, but that's an advanced saddle technique...
Here's a pic of a sprung saddle that doesn't squeak at all...
03-31-06, 02:56 PM
Thanks guys, all your advise pretty much fits what I was thinking. It has to be the metal to metal places. I'm going to go home this PM and doctor the seat and see what happens tomorrow.
I'm going over to the next county for breakfast in the morning, so I'll let you know how it works. Have considered the leather bushing but was dreading the thought of tearing apart the Brooks, though I usually enjoy working on things I know nothing about.
PS....I like the really "sprung" saddle.
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